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Resourceful

Resourceful provides a convenient Ruby API for making HTTP requests.

Features:

  • GET, PUT, POST and DELETE HTTP requests
  • HTTP Basic and Digest authentication
  • HTTP Caching with pluggable backends
  • Follow redirects based on the results of a callback

More Info

Examples

Getting started

gem install resourceful

Simplest example

require 'resourceful'
http = Resourceful::HttpAccessor.new
resp = http.resource('http://rubyforge.org').get
puts resp.body

Get a page requiring HTTP Authentication

my_realm_authenticator = Resourceful::BasicAuthenticator.new('My Realm', 'admin', 'secret')
http = Resourceful::HttpAccessor.new(:authenticator => my_realm_authenticator)
resp = http.resource('http://example.com/').get
puts resp.body

Redirection based on callback results

Resourceful will by default follow redirects on read requests (GET and HEAD), but not for POST, etc. If you want to follow a redirect after a post, you will need to set the resource#on_redirect callback. If the callback evaluates to true, it will follow the redirect.

resource = http.resource('http://example.com/redirect_me')
resource.on_redirect { |req, resp| resp.header['Location'] =~ /example.com/ }
resource.get  # Will only follow the redirect if the new location is example.com

Post a URL encoded form

 require 'resourceful'
 http = Resourceful::HttpAccessor.new
 resp = http.resource('http://mysite.example/service').
          post('hostname=test&level=super', :content_type => 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded')

Put an XML document

 require 'resourceful'
 http = Resourceful::HttpAccessor.new
 resp = http.resource('http://mysite.example/service').
          put('<?xml version="1.0"?><test/>', :content_type => 'application/xml')

Delete a resource

 require 'resourceful'
 http = Resourceful::HttpAccessor.new
 resp = http.resource('http://mysite.example/service').delete

Copyright

Copyright (c) 2008 Absolute Performance, Inc, Peter Williams. Released under the MIT License.

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